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Published:September 22nd, 2013 12:02 EST

Purrfect Idea: Cat Cafe Opens In Paris! Video!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"France`s first `cat café` opens on Saturday in Paris with an in house troupe of nine rescue cats ready and waiting to be made a fuss of by cat-loving customers.


Already popular in Tokyo where there are dozens, cat cafes allow customers who cannot have a pet at home to enjoy a cup of something hot with a purring cat perched on their knees.

Margaux Gandelon, the woman behind the new Cafe des Chats in Paris`s trendy Marais district, says the cats were carefully selected for their social skills and stresses that hygiene and their welfare are her top priorities."

New York Daily News

It`s no surprise that cat cafes are popular in Japan, a country that unleashed "Hello Kitty" on an unsuspecting world.

But now cat cafes are gaining popularity in Europe, and the first cat café has opened in Paris, the Mecca of gourmet dining.

I hope this phenomenon takes root in America; I would love to sip a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy the feline ambience.

I have friends who love cats, but live in apartments that don`t allow pets; a cat café would be perfect for them.

I can`t take my 22-pound cat, Tico, with me when I dine out, he`d be jumping on all the tables and tasting samples from everyone`s meals. But I would appreciate having cats around me while I eat; I plead for a cat-loving entrepreneur to open a chain of cat cafes in the United States.

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